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Green Practices Commission <br />6801 Delmar Boulevard, University City, Missouri 63130, Phone: (314) 862-6767, Fax: (314) 863-9146 <br /> <br />Meeting Minutes – University City Green Practices Commission <br />July 14, 2016 Location: Heman Park Community Center <br />Attendees Present: Dianne Benjamin, Bob Elgin, Lois Sechrist, Tim Michels, Jenny Wendt <br />(Staff Liaison) <br />Absent: Richard Juang, Scott Eidson, Jeff Mishkin <br /> <br /> 1. Meeting Called to Order, Roll Call at 6:05 p.m. <br /> <br />2. Opening Round a) Jenny stated the recycling drop-off renovation is in progress. Jenny also passed around <br />a document about Water Quality Trading in Missouri by the Missouri Municipal League. <br />b) Lois attended an ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineering) Conference in Denver and spoke about green engineering. <br />c) Bob went to Alaska with National Geographic. Bob indicated the Home Builder’s Association does not want to include energy efficiency criteria in the 2015 code but instead prefers to downgrade to the 2009 code. The Sierra Club is monitoring progress. <br />d) Tim met with the resource manager from Georgetown, Texas, which has 90% renewable energy from wind and solar. This city can be used as a model in negotiations with local <br />utilities. <br />e) Dianne used Energy Star shingles on her house and added a ridge vent. She can apply to receive a federal tax credit. Dianne has a private Ameren dusk-to-dawn light in her yard and changed the lamp to LED. <br />f) Dianne reported that U City in Bloom has their Native Plant Event Saturday, August 27 from 9 – 12. GPC members will likely attend, but will not have a GPC table at the event. <br /> <br />3. Approval of Minutes a) June 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes were approved as written. <br /> <br />4. Special Presentations a) Cheryl Adelstein reviewed the Washington University Ackert Walkway/Greenway South <br />proposed changes. Washington University plans to renovate the Forest Park Parkway pedestrian bridge (which links Ames Place with Washington University). Washington University is working with Jennifer Pangborn of Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering <br />consulting firm. The primary changes are as follows: i. The 8.5’ wide general path will be expanded to an 18’ wide bike/walk separated <br />path. <br />ii. 15 trees will be removed (12 are sweet gum trees). 42 new trees will be added, 25 canopy and 17 flowering – primarily native species. <br />iii. The area will be irrigated for the first two years. After that, plants should be <br />established enough to not require irrigation. iv. A bioswale with native landscaping will be installed to replace the current <br />pavement. <br />v. Very little turf will be planted, which will require infrequent mowing. vi. Washington University will be responsible for the maintenance of the landscape <br />installation. <br />b) Tim and Dianne expressed concern about the non-native trees; they would like to see all Missouri native trees. Cheryl will discuss this with SWT, the landscape architect, and <br />will stay in contact with the GPC on the trees selections. Cheryl was willing to work to <br />